FROM OUR REPORTER
SHILLONG, April 7: Meghalaya Governor V Shanmugathan on the occasion of World Health Day stressed on the need to give special attention to the infant mortality rate in the state.
The Governor on Thursday visited the ultra sound section, male medical and surgical wards, female surgical ward, ENT, Oncology ward in Civil Hospital and later visited the private ward, post tal ward and paediatrics ward in Ganesh Das Hospital as part of the World Health Day celebration in the city on Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen after his visit at civil hospital, Shanmugathan said, “In Meghalaya apart from eradicating diabetes we have to give special attention on infant mortality rate. We have to take care of all our pregnt mothers also.”
The governor also appealed towards social or service organization to adopt a small village and suggested to conduct a survey in the village on the number of pregnt mothers and to check if the mothers are suffering from any lack of medication.
“People residing in and around Shillong may get good health facility but in villages such special care is not available. So it’s important if any social or self-help groups conduct a survey to identify if the village having pregnt women needs health care,” he said, adding “If health care is needed then experts should go to these places with supply of medicines.”
During his visit, the Governor interacted with the patients and enquired about their health and treatment received from the medical staff and wishes their speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Loreto Convent School on the occasion of World Health Day started a three-day health camp with an aim to create more awareness among the students of the school on the various health issues.
Principal of Loreto Convent Sr. M Molly Francis said, “We are issuing students health cards which is valid for three years and the students can use the card on visiting North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regiol Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) to avail free health care.”